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Ukrainian National Anthem Cello Project

Ukrainian National Anthem Cello Project

To quote the University of Oxford, we at the Cello Museum

“are appalled by Russia’s action and in awe of the bravery shown by Ukrainians as well as the bravery of those Russians who have denounced their government’s aggression.”

Cellists for Peace

There is a long tradition of cellists working for peace. The great cellist and peacemaker Pau Casals once said,

“The cello is my only weapon.”

Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich played at the Berlin WallYo-Yo Ma is a UN Messenger of Peace

Continuing this tradition, we created the Ukrainian National Anthem Cello Project so that cellists of all levels could help work for peace and show support for Ukraine.

 We Asked Cellists to Join Us in Playing the Ukrainian National Anthem

Inspired by the bravery Ukrainians have shown amid adversity and the horrors of war, the Cello Museum put out a call asking cellists of all levels to record themselves playing the Ukrainian national anthem to show our moral support for Ukraine.

Over 225 cellists responded from around the world, and 146 are represented in the following video. Below is a map showing the locations of cellists you will see in the anthem video.

“Ukraine is my life!”

A professional cellist from Ukraine, Vladyslav “Vlad” Primakov, registered for the project with the message, “Ukraine is my life!” We spoke with Primakov via Zoom at the end of March. The final video for the project includes excerpts from this interview along with the performance of 146 cellists.

Read the full interview with Primakov.

Ukrainian National Anthem Cello Project Video

The video for this project premiered on Sunday, 24 April 2022 at 1 PM EDT (New York time) on both YouTube and Facebook.

Join us and listen as we lift the voices of our cellos in a cry of solidarity with all who long for peace, and consider making a charitable donation to support those in need.

#cellistsforpeace #celloforpeace

Please Make a Donation Directly to Charity

Please donate directly to the charity of your choice. Here are three suggestions.

Help People in Ukraine:

  1. The volunteer organization where Vlad is volunteering. To see photos of Vlad and the team in Ukraine loading up vans of supplies to distribute within Ukraine, please read our interview with him.

Help Refugees:

Thank You

  • Laura Sam                     Audio/Video Design and Editing
  • Brenda Neece               Project Manager, Graphic Design
  • Renate Kwon                Storyboard, Text Editing, Communications
  • Gill Tennant                  Project Idea, Music Arrangement, Publicity
  • Vladyslav Primakov    Anthem Advising
  • Kathryn Whitney          Project Submission Advising

Thank you to all of the cellists who participated in this project. Thank you to cello teachers who involved their students as well. Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word about this project.

Read the full interview with Vlad Primakov.

Interviews of other cellists in the video:

Free PDFs of the Ukrainian National Anthem Sheet Music

Get several other arrangements by Vlad Primakov here.

Get Gill Tennant’s arrangement used in this video here.

Press Release

Click here for the press release.

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